If Saw Palmettos Could Talk

Oh the stories they would tell….

Saw palmetto trunk

If you’re reading this on a computer screen, two centimeters is roughly the length of the word “slow”, grown in just one year.

A palmetto leaf

Ten thousand years!

The serrated ridges along the leaf stem that give the “saw” palmetto it’s name
Saw palmettos in the Smith Preserve at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida
Gopher tortoise (left), Bee pollinating saw palmetto flowers (middle), Sun shining through a saw palmetto leaf (right)


Bee pollinating a saw palmetto flower



Scientists at the Conservancy have an active research agenda aimed at enhancing our understanding of ecosystems and associated wildlife in Southwest Florida.

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